London Wedding Photographer: 20 Alternative First Dance Songs

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If anyone knows me or follows my Instagram account, they will know I am a huge music fan. Rock and indie makes my heart glow. Having witnessed a lot of first dances I often wonder what I would pick. I know a lot of couples I chat to don’t want to go for a traditional cheesey love song, or Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – the most popular first dance song of 2017.

 I’ve compiled a little list of some alternative options to get your first dance inspiration flowing:

  1. Yellow – Coldplay

  2. Angels – The XX

  3. You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine

  4. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees

  5. Everlong – The Foo Fighters

  6. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince

  7.   You Always Make me Smile – Kyle Andrews

  8.   I could Die For You – RHCP

  9.  Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

  10.  All I Want Is You  – Barry Louis Polisar

  11.  I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People

  12. Only love – Ben Howard

  13.  I’ll Be Yours – Those Dancing Days

  14. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates

  15. XO – John Mayer

  16.  Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

  17. You and I (Forever) – Jessie Ware

  18. Still Into You – Paramore

  19. She’s Got You High – Mumm-Ra

  20.  Wonderwall – Oasis

    Check out my Spotify playlist below so you can listen to all the songs. Let me know in the comments what you think – or what you personally would have 🙂

    My summer 2018 is also getting booked up quickly, so contact me now to save your date!

    Caroline x

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London Wedding Photographer: A Couple’s Guide to Posing for your Wedding Photos

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When realising that you need to book a wedding photographer, I’m sure most couples thoughts go to ‘OMG but I hate being in front of a camera’, ‘I hate cheesy, posed shots’, ‘what if we look really awkward together?’.

You are most definitely not alone in these thoughts – even people who like the camera are probably not used to being overly affectionate with their partner in front of a stranger and their camera. I know I am totally useless at photos.. I’ve become so used to being behind it anytime someone turns a camera on me I default to stupid face mode.

Posing is one of the most important parts of capturing good photos of you and your fiancé. Done wrong, it can look horribly awkward, or make you feel uncomfortable, which will show in your photos. Whilst there are things you can do to get the best out of your photos, I think it is down to the photographer to lead the way. I’ve put together this blog to give you an insight into posing.

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Firstly, I can’t emphasise enough how important I think an engagement shoot is before the big day. This is the perfect chance to meet your photographer, get to know them on a personal level, and get comfortable with their presence. More importantly, from my side it is a chance to see how you naturally interact with your fiancé, and to try out what works and what doesn’t. This is essentially a test run – you don’t want to be testing out posing on the big day, as time will be limited. I am very relaxed and tend to chat with my couples and see how they naturally fall together while we get to know each other. This immediately gives me an idea of how much guidance is needed, what poses would work, and what wouldn’t. I then go ahead and try a few different options, in 3 or 4 different settings,  so by the time I leave I know exactly which poses I would use again for the big day, and how to make you feel relaxed quickly.

On the big day, giving your hands something to do is really important. Hands can so easily look really awkward if left hanging! For walking shots, you will be holding hands, so this isn’t a big deal, but what about when stood still? I tend to pose my brides holding their bouquet, either down at their hip to the side, or out to the front at a low angle. I normally then pose up the groom with his hands around the bride’s waist, resting on the hip, or one hand in his trouser pocket for a more relaxed casual look.

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Most importantly, I want you to relax! This may be harder on an engagement shoot when you’ve just met me, but I will work hard to get you to feel comfortable around me. This has to translate into your body posture though – I’m not talking about slouching, but relax your legs and knees, loosen and drop your shoulders a bit. (Any fellow yogis out there may find this easier!).  Don’t feel you have to be stiff and proper – it will look stand off-ish and separate you from your partner.

The walking shot is a really good way to start off a shoot – I can let you slowly get into the idea of me taking pictures. I encourage my couples to chat as much as possible – this is when you get the really natural moments of interaction. These are the moments which really shine, and always end up being my favourite photos.

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Depending on height, the groom stood behind the bride with arms around her is also a really lovely pose. Again this is only one I try after an engagement shoot as some couples find it awkward and unnatural. This kind of shot is also really good for close ups of the rings.

Hopefully that has given you a little bit of insight into what to expect during either an engagement shoot or your wedding day, and therefore will make you feel more relaxed already! If you would like to work with me, head over to my contact page – I would love to hear from you.

Caroline

Happy New Year & Welcome to my new Website!

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A very Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you are feeling sufficiently stuffed and relaxed after Christmas and ready to take on the coming year. For all of you getting married in 2018… this is it!! I’m also going to take a good guess that  there are a number of you who got engaged over the festive period.. congratulations.

I would like to welcome you to my new website. A while in the planning, it took me until the Christmas wind down to find the time to build this. The benefit of this timing is that at least I’ve had an excuse to be sat with a glass of mulled wine while creating it 😉

Hopefully this site will provide you with more information than the previous one, and work better on mobile. I’ve also added in a new page – go check out my testimonials. There are still things I want to add and change about the site,  so keep visiting back to check out what things I have been updating. If you see anything that isn’t working, comment here and let me know so I can fix it 🙂

You can also expect more regular blogs – including a personal based one where I round up my fav things at the end of each month. As always, my blog is still a resource for brides to be – if there are any specific topics you want me to cover, or have questions, drop me a line!

Go have a peruse and a play. Get in touch here to book  your date for next year, or just tell me all about your big day/ plans for 2018/ whats rocking with you. Would love to hear from you.

Caroline x